New Hampshire Public Radio received awards in multiple categories at the annual Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) conference and awards banquet in Philadelphia.
The PRNDI awards recognize excellence in local and regional public radio reporting from across the nation. NHPR won accolades for its work in six categories — ranging from the hard-hitting Outside/In podcast series reporting on the impact of Canadian hydropower both north of the border and on northern New England, to a sports feature involving some unexpected New Hampshire champions in a lesser-known sport. Awards in full:
- Enterprise/Investigation: First Place for “Powerline” (from Outside/In)
- News Feature: First Place for “How Trump’s ‘America First’ Trade Policy is Reshaping New Hampshire’s Lumber Industry”
- Sports Feature: First Place for “From Dive Bars to World Championships: Meet New Hampshire’s ‘Big Buck Hunter’ Pros”
- Best Multi-Media Presentation: Second Place for “Powerline”. [NOTE: The First Place award in this category was presented to the Indiana Regional Journalism Collaborative for its reporting project “Blood, Lead & Soil: A Year in East Chicago”. The reporting included significant work from NHPR’s Annie Ropeik, who formerly served as the economy and business reporter at Indiana Public Broadcasting.]
- Best Use of Sound: Second Place for “On 3-Mile Island, A Summer Scene That Never Changes”
- Best Writing: Second Place for “How Trump’s ‘America First’ Trade Policy is Reshaping New Hampshire’s Lumber Industry”
These honors continue NHPR’s run of success at the national level. On June 19, the station earned a national Edward R. Murrow Award for “Overall Excellence” in the Small Market Radio category—the second consecutive year the Murrow Awards granted the overall excellence distinction to the NHPR newsroom.
“As our newsroom continues to expand, we remain committed to producing the highest quality content in all areas—from newscasts to podcasts to talk shows,” said NHPR News Director Dan Barrick. “Our team of journalists strives to bring compelling, innovative work to our listeners, and we’re proud of what we’ve managed to accomplish.”
Formed in the 1980s, PRNDI represents public media newsrooms across the country and encourages improved news, information services and programming in public media. Along with the annual PRNDI awards, the organization works to provide ongoing training and enhanced communication among all professionals in local public media newsrooms.
[NOTE: Chicago Public Radio/WBEZ received a First Place award for Continuing Coverage, for its series “Every Other Hour”, exploring gun violence in Chicago. NHPR’s Politics & Policy Reporter Lauren Choolijian, formerly with WBEZ, contributed to the award-winning series with a piece called “Do I Look Like I’m Packing?”, tracking whether Chicago’s 50 aldermen carry guns.]
Since 1981, NHPR has shaped the media landscape in the Granite State and beyond. Our mission is “Expanding minds, sparking connections, building stronger communities.” NHPR is broadcast from 14 different sites, making it by far New Hampshire’s largest (and only) statewide radio news service. Every week, NHPR is the choice of more than 170,000 listeners as a primary source of in-depth and intelligent news coverage, with thousands more viewing NHPR.org and NHPR social media sites. Each day, New Hampshire Public Radio delivers several hours of local news reported by its award-winning news team. Locally-produced programs include The Exchange, Word of Mouth, The Folk Show, Outside/In, Civics 101, and numerous podcasts. NHPR is the exclusive outlet for NPR News in the Granite State and broadcasts national weekly programs such as The Moth Radio Hour, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, and This American Life